Should Cornerstone Get An Additional Liquor License? Town Meeting Will Decide on Monday.
Today we ask for your thoughts on this issue: is four liquor stores in the Minot's Corner area detrimental to the town and local businesses or will increased traffic with the addition of Cornerstone Square make a new liquor store appropriate?
Westford residents will head to the Abbot School gymnasium on Monday to deliberate on 19 warrant articles in this year's Fall Town Meeting, and much of the discussion may be saved for #19.
In a citizens' petition, Cornerstone Square developer Robert Walker is requesting that the town petition the state legislature for an additional all liquor liquor license for Cornerstone Square in addition to the two specifically obtained for Cornerstone Square earlier in the legislative session.
Walker asking the Board of Selectmen during their Sept. 25 meeting citing that the Commercial Highway zoned district along Littleton Road has different standards than the rest of town while also citing that the other three nearby liquor stores would be located on the other sides of Minot's Corner, making them inconvenient with increased traffic in the area.
The article has drawn opposition local business owners such as Westford Package owner Robert Bursey.
Bursey believes the same principle that applied in Chelmsford last month also applies here in Westford: that alcohol should be seen differently than normal consumable items, and therefore convenience should not be the primary factor when determining liquor licenses.
"Alcohol is a matter of need, it's certainly not a matter of convience, this is alcohol we're talking about," said Bursey. "Liquor licenses are not something you can just hand out to everybody."
Barring a second session of the Fall Town Meeting, this article will be decided by the voters of Westford on Monday night. But in the meantime, we want to ask you: where do you stand on this issue?
Should Westford get an additional liquor license specifically for Cornerstone Square to meet potential consumer demand and traffic issues, or do you think that there are already too many liquor stores nearby and that adding another one would have a detrimental impact on the qualify of life and character of Westford?
Let us know what you think in the comments section.